Save & download notes, highlights, & bookmarks

You can see your Play Books notes, highlights, and bookmarks in Google Drive. Your notes are saved in a document specific to the book you’re reading.  

Turn notes saving on

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Google Drive sync.
  3. Turn on Save your notes, highlights, and bookmarks.
  4. Name the folder where you’d like to save your notes.
  5. Tap Done.

Sync notes you added before you turned notes saving on

If you added notes before you turned syncing on, you’ll need to:

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open the book you want to sync.
  3. Add a new note, highlight, or bookmark. This creates a new document with all the notes from that book.

See your notes, highlights & bookmarks

  1. Open Google Drive Drive.
  2. Make sure you’re signed in to the same account you use for Google Play Books.
  3. Open the folder where you store your notes. By default, the folder is named "Play Books Notes."

Highlights aren't syncing

The publisher of this book has not enabled the copy-paste feature for this book or has set a limit that is too low for the number of highlights you have made.  

Edit a notes document

If you edit a notes document in Drive and then add notes to the same book, your changes in the Drive document will be deleted. To make and save edits to a synced notes document, first make a copy of the document.

  1. On your computer, open the notes doc.
  2. Click File and then Make a copy.
  3. Name your new doc.
  4. Make your edits to the new doc.

Note: If you add notes to a book, they'll be saved only in the original notes document. If you want them in your new doc, you'll need to manually add them to the new doc.

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